He is said to be the greatest authority on superhumans in the former U.S.S.R., and was involved in creating or training many of those in service of the government. Now he regards them as more dangerous than Russia's nuclear weapons, a volatile race "bred to hate, hated by those around them." Among his creations are the members of the Peristrike Force; he trained Scattershot and gave her her codename. Psi-Wolf is his brother, and Vonya is immune to the Wolf's mental powers; Vonya is deeply ashamed of his brother, and for making him what he is now. Before being the surprise guest at a lecture on the development of superhuman powers in adolescents (held at Midtown High, when the Waldorf and the Penta were booked), he'd been in hiding from those who'd use or kill him. He didn't trust that his F.B.I. guards would keep him safe. He was said to be too important to world stability to take risks with.
Anatoly Vonya was created by Danny Fingeroth
and Mike Manley
in 1992 and first appeared in Darkhawk